The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )
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Birth Day 

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

Director:

Reed Morano

Writers:

Bruce Miller (teleplay by), Margaret Atwood (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... June Osborne
Joseph Fiennes ... Fred Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski ... Serena Joy Waterford
Alexis Bledel ... Emily Malek
Madeline Brewer ... Janine Lindo
Ann Dowd ... Aunt Lydia Clements
O-T Fagbenle ... Luke Bankole
Max Minghella ... Nick Blaine
Amanda Brugel ... Rita
Ever Carradine ... Naomi Putnam
Tattiawna Jones ... Lillie Fuller
Bahia Watson ... Brianna
Jenessa Grant ... Dolores
Nina Kiri ... Alma
Eilish Waller Eilish Waller ... Ofmyles
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Storyline

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Street W., Hamilton ON See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Offred and Ofglen are walking and talking as they watch the demolition of a church was filmed on Jackson St. West in Hamilton, ON, looking toward James St. South. The church is the James St. Baptist Church, too old to be safe, and demolished to make way for the new The Connelly condo project. See more »

Goofs

When Offred and the Commander play Scrabble, they each choose a letter to determine who goes first. He chooses "A" and she "M", which means he goes first. But, when Offred puts her word "nation" on the board, there are no other words down when there should have been - the Commander taking his turn first. See more »

Quotes

Offred: Ofglen. I can tell her that The Commander is going to Washington. Will she be surprised by the Scrabble game? She'll be glad I let him win - I know that much. She'll be proud of me for that.
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Soundtracks

Don't You (Forget About Me)
Performed by Simple Minds
Produced by Keith Forsey
Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
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Episode 2 "Birth Day" Review: Better Than The First In Every Aspect
5 September 2018 | by ashboomstick-50540See all my reviews

One thing is certain about "Birth Day" the second episode of The Handmaid's Tale. It is better than the premiere episode in all aspects. The episode has a lot of humor, considering the show is for the most part, dark, morbid and tortorous. It also expands the characters storylines, making the viewer care for each of them more than they did by the end of the premiere.

We actually get an incredibly detailed episode, showing us the daily schedules of the different Handmaids. We see what they go through, and the torture that is inflicted upon them every single day. There are several phenonenal performances throughout the episode, which makes the episode even better.

Overall, each episode is getting better and better. The show has getting a better grip on it's characters, and the overall storyline. Count me in.

Episode 2: "Birth Day"= 93% -5 points taken off for being slow

  • 2 points taken off for not having a clear understanding of the world of Gillead and it's rules


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